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Your Adventure by Day

A 5 day escorted holiday exploring Iceland’s glittering glaciers, snow-tipped mountains, vast volcanic lava fields, pluming hot springs and sparkling plunge waterfalls including the iconic Gullfoss, the Golden Fall. Bathing in the mineral rich geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, walking on black lava beaches skirted with white foam, seeing multi coloured herds of Icelandic horses, the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, and of course not forgetting a couple of nights in Reykjavik the city we call ‘Latitude with Attitude’.
 

Your Adventure by Night

Getting the best chance of catching the Northern Lights from the vast unpopulated south of Iceland away from any and all urban light pollution. Searching for them with the help of a local guide and gripper spikes to keep you sure of foot and a torchlight to guide you through the dark. Having the chance to capture the dancing aurora on film for memories that will last a lifetime and an optional valedictory chance to catch them again with an off shore cruise in Reykjavik.

Reception area in Hotel Klettur ScanAdventures ranking ScanPlus
Double deluxe room on upper floor of Hotel Klettur
Ground floor breakfast room in Hotel Klettur
Lounge area in Hotel Klettur

Klettur Hotel

just off Laugavegur, the city’s main street, the Klettur is one of Reykjavik’s newest hotels now grown from its inaugaration as modest lodgings to be a 166 room ScanPlus hotel. Styled with a black lava rock motif in the public areas and a biscuit brown and light pine in the bedrooms, the standard rooms are on the first three floors and de-luxe ones on the 2 upper floors with views to the north or south facing balconies. All have private WC/shower, fridge, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer and WI-FI. There is a ground floor breakfast room, lounge with a pool table and evening bar with a range of Icelandic beers.

Northern Lights over Hotel Stracta | Iceland Holidays by ScanAdventures
Twin room at Hotel Stracta | ScanAdventures
Superior Room at Hotel Stracta | Holidays to Iceland
Fruit medley by Chef Valdis Braadottir at Hotel Stracta | Iceland Holidays

Hotel Stracta

Owned by Vestmannaey Islands born former premier league footballer Hermann Hreidarsson, the Stracta has 122 Nordic minimalist styled rooms with twin beds, a single chair, a wall of shelving and open hanging space. There are also 16 larger superior rooms with bathrooms featuring wet-room-style showers, immaculate white sheets and jade or moss green throws knitted from local sheep's wool. Helga Sigurbjorndottir, Hermans’s favourite designer, is responsible for the hotel's strikingly modern design, with eight single-storey accommodation fingers in white and grey corrugated metal radiating out from a central building. The central part of the hotel includes a reception desk imprinted with the legend "Next Door to Nature", an island bar and the Gardur Restaurant which dishes up buffet breakfasts, packed lunches and dinners. It's here that Valdis Braadottir, a young chef who made her name in the Hotel Natura in Reykjavik, masterminds top notch meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.

1st Day UK – Iceland

Fly direct to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport, transfer to the city Centre and check in at the Hotel Klettur. Evening at leisure.

2nd Day Reykjanes Peninsula & Blue Lagoon

After breakfast in your hotel meet your guide for a tour of the city’s highlight attractions including Perlan (the Pearl) the most dramatic clutch of water tanks in the world, and Hallgrimskirka, the city’s Lutheran parish church echoing basalt lava flows. That done leave the city for the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, dramatic basalt mountains and coastline of vertiginous bird cliffs dotted with lighthouses and fishing villages. Towards the end of the day soak off in the turquoise warm mineral waters of the Blue Lagoon before continuing to Hella and the Stracta Hotel where you stay for two nights. After dinner (payable locally) your guide will give a short talk on the Northern Lights before you venture outside for some watchful waiting in anticipation of them showing.

3rd Day South Iceland & Northern Lights

After breakfast today’s drive takes you through meadow-land along the south coast beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier whose active volcano so spectacularly erupted in 2010 with an ash plume that brought north atlantic air traffic to a halt. En route you’ll visit Skógafoss a plunge waterfall alongside a folk museum with turf roofed houses and an outstanding collection of period artifacts. Seljalandsfoss Continue to Reynisfjara by Vík with its dramatic basalt columns and black sand beaches highlighted by white surf piling up on the seashore Skógafoss, a curtain fall waterfall plunging 200 feet from the mountain creating spray that forms a single or double rainbow at most times of the year and behind which is walkway letting you see the waterfall from the back as it were. Return to Hella for a reprise of the night before and hopefully what will be a second chance to catch the Aurora in all her swirling, evanescent grandeur.

4th Day The Golden Circle

Leave Hella to follow the route known as the Golden Circle. Start with a visit to the Friðheimar stables where you’ll see and hear about the Icelandic horse, such as their many colours including chestnut, dun, bay, black, gray, palomino, pinto and roan and their extra gaits most notably the tölt. Afterwards continue to the Geyser area where Strokkur spouts 40m high every 5 to 10 minutes alongside steaming fumaroles, hot springs and mud pools and Gullfoss, the ‘Golden Falls’, where the glacial river Hvítá plummets 32 metres before torrenting down a large gorge between the Mid Atlantic Ridge’s tectonic plates. Carry on slowly through the Þingvellir valley and into Reykjavik for your final night.

5th Day Iceland – UK

Take breakfast in your hotel before transferring to Keflavik for your return flight to the UK.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flight(s) from the UK to Iceland
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes
Complimentary beverages & Pay on Board food service
Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
Return airport/hotel transfers
Accommodation as per itinerary
Lodgings in twin rooms with private WC/Shower
4 Buffet Breakfasts
Escorted travel from Day2 to Day4
Services of our local guide
Entrance to the Blue Lagoon including towel hire
Northern Lights programme on 2 evenings combining lectures, presentations, film and guided searches
Winter explorer equipment: non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and flash light
 

Departure Dates & Prices:

Tuesdays & Thursdays September 18th 2018 - April 2nd 2019
Guide £1229pp
Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are variable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction-supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.
 

Safaris included or available on request

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  • Tuesday & Thursday Departures Sept - April
  • GUIDED NORTHERN LIGHTS SEARCHES 
  • Optional Glacier Hiking
  • GUIDE PRICE £1229PP